The Grange Review - November 2014
We congregated in The Nut and Squirrel, which is one of my favourite muster points
on the Curry Club map. There always seems to be a lively and friendly atmosphere
and tonight was no exception. The Nutty Squirrel has a good selection of lagers for
the louts and beers for the old farts, so should cater for most tastes in your average
male night out (and we are very average).
After tales of the past months trials and tribulations and number of looseners, it
was off to the Grange, with Iain performing a double shuffle as he was the only driver
this evening. As I was one of those in the second run, the table was already occupied
by the early birds and a selection of drinks had been served. Our drinks order was
taken and served promptly.
The usual pops and pickles arrived in a timely fashion and we set about dispatching
them with gusto. A point to note here that the waiting staff were quietly efficient
at replacing empty pickle trays without prompting from us. The head waiter took the
time to come over, introduce himself and make us feel welcome as well as offering
to provide help with choosing our meals.
As usual a variety of starters, mains and sides, rices and naans were ordered. The
waiter, again taking time to explain heat levels or adjust dishes as requested by
the members. Starters were served in 20 minutes and having chosen something that
I had never seen on a menu before, I was relishing the opportunity to tuck in. I
had ordered the Panir Tikka Shashlik,
which was everything I had hoped for. Tikka’d Panir, slightly blackened giving excellent
texture and flavour, this was well presented on the dish with a fresh side salad.
It was a great starter and one for anyone who fancys something a little out of the
ordinary. There were generally positive murmurs around the table about the starters,
with one esteemed clubber complimenting the thickness of the meat (on his chop).
On to the main event and the high standard of the meal so far dropped a little for
me. While the flavour, heat and spiciness of my Lamb Chilli Masala was very good,
it was a very unappetising brown colour, which in itself wouldn’t have been too bad
but it was also a little too thick for me. This is, of course, a personal preference
and others may find it more to their liking. A chick pea salad was provided as a
taster dish for the table, which was a revelation and one that I would recommend
you try if you are a chana masala sort of person.
I would describe the restaurant setting as having clean lines and a modern look enhanced
with mood lighting. Overall this was a good meal, however, good is very much the
norm in MK now, and I think improvements can be made to some of the dishes, which
would result in a better overall score.
Common Curry - Average prices for the menu choices
Certificate - no certificate awarded
Web site - http://www.thegrangemk.co.uk/
Summary - Very attentive service, pleasant location and reasonable value
- Panir Tikka shaslik starter, flavoursome and tender
- Lamb chops, thick and excellent
- Bhindi bhaj very good, other veggies average
- Lal Maas very good - firey
- Lamb Tawa Gosht very nice
- Long wait for both starters and mains
- Lamb dhansak - too tough and spicy
- Lamb Nawabi, not as tender as expected
- Very doughy parata, bread quite poor in general